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The Odisha rape victim was just 3-year-old, Banda victim was 8-year-old, Hathras victim was just 19, Bulandshahr girl who was raped and then set on fire was also 12-year-old. The list can go on and on...
According to the charge sheet in the Kathua case, the girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 this year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in the district after being kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.
BSP Chief Mayawati said such punishments should be given across the country to establish the rule of law.
Sanji Ram, considered the mastermind of the heinous crime, along with two others, were convicted for life on charges of rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua by a sessions court in Pathankot on Monday.
A special court in Pathankot sentenced three of the convicted men to life imprisonment, while three others have been sentenced to five years for destruction of evidence
The day-to-day in-camera trial began in the first week of June 2018 at the district and sessions court in Pathankot after the Supreme Court directed that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.
Shiv Sena General Secretary Manish Sahni said they would be acting as a bridge between Kashmir region and Jammu.
Eight people, including the custodian of the village temple in Kathua and two policemen, have been arrested for their alleged role in the crime that stunned the country with its brutality and polarised society along communal lines.
The Kathua rape and murder victim's father alleged in his complaint to the court that lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat had attended only two or three hearings in the past five months.
The eight-year-old girl, belonging to a nomadic tribe, was allegedly kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17. It is alleged that she was gang-raped and later murdered.
A bench of Justices U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud also dismissed a separate plea filed by two other accused in the case seeking transfer of the investigation in the matter to an independent agency.
"During questioning, the step-mother revealed that her husband would mostly spent time with her second wife and the girl was dearest to him," the police said.
The Crime Branch has also asked the district police in Kathua to provide protection to the two witnesses who made written complaints.
A habeas corpus (produce the body) writ petition has been filed by the cousin of the witness. It alleges that Talib Hussain has been kept in illegal detention and being subjected to custodial torture.
Director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid, however, said Hussain hit himself on the head “out of frustration”.
Hussain shot into prominence after being at the forefront of a campaign to seek justice for an eight-year-old girl who was abducted, raped and murdered in Kathua district in January this year.
On Tuesday, Sawhney was appointed as the state’s additional advocate-general even as he represents one of the main accused in the rape and murder of the eight-year-old nomad girl.
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